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While the Black Death rages through fourteenth-century Florence, a group of young people retreat to the healthful air of the countryside and amuse themselves by telling tales of romance and adventure. This is the premise of Boccaccio's Decameron, a landmark of early Renaissance literature and one of the world's great story collections.
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Paperback, Decameron Novelle Scelte: A Dual-Language Book, 288 pages
Published November 10th 2011 by Dover Publications (first published 1351)
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Hm, this is a book from my school list and this is the first time I express opinion about a book from different century :D.

The edition I read was in my language (Bulgarian) and it contains selected tails from the whole enormous book, so the story unfolds in 10 days and in the original edition there are I think 101 tales about the world in 14th century. It was quiet fun to read some of them but I was astonished about the violence then. There were staggering stories about women who were raped and
Martin Hernandez
Quizá ésta sea la colección de cuentos más famosa del mundo, después de "Las Mil y Una Noches". Escrito hacia 1350, justo al final de la Edad Media, el libro está integrado por cien cuentos que diez protagonistas relatan cada noche, mientras dura su retiro en una villa donde se refugiaron de la peste. Cada uno de estos personajes, siete mujeres y tres hombres, tienen una personalidad bien definida, que sirve para ilustrar los distintos temas que se tocan en cada cuento, donde encontramos ingenio ...more
I have, as of the time of this review, only read one story from The Decameron, that being Federigo's Falcon. I'll read the rest sometime.
Federigo's Falcon is a wonderful example of situational irony that will bring to mind O. Henry's Gift of the Magi. The Decameron was written by an Italian near-contemporary of Chaucer and it follows a similar structure to Canterbury Tales: a group of people (in this case, fleeing from a plague) tell each other stories to pass the time.
I've heard that there ar
Mary Lysy
Ten young people living in 15th century Florence during plague time take refuge in a country villa. They plan out their days carefully; over two weeks, they will each tell one story Monday through Friday.(This will amount to 100 tales, hence the title.) Saturday they will be at liberty and Sunday will be devoted to worship. Joan Acocella wrote a wonderful article for the New Yorker about this book. Many of the stories are shamelessly ribald, but if you are seeing bodies stacked up in the streets ...more
Elizabeth Reid
Wow, so I didn't realize that books written in the 1300s spoke of such (what is considered) contemporary subjects! Easy to read, selection of short stories. I learned that: you should never trust strangers who claim to be relations, if a father kills a woman's lover she will probably commit suicide because of her intense grief, and I am so glad I never married a nobleman--those guys are trouble!
just read the first few stories and intro.

I learned that sex and satire are really old and always entertaining
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Giovanni Boccaccio (1313 – 21 December 1375) was an Italian author and poet, a friend and correspondent of Petrarch, and an important Renaissance humanist in his own right and author of a number of notable works including the Decameron, On Famous Women, and his poetry in the Italian vernacular. Boccaccio is particularly notable for his dialogue, of which it has been said that it surpasses in veris ...more
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